You assign a lot of responsibility to your smile. It’s often the first thing others notice about you, so the appearance of your teeth often can dictate your self-confidence. Do you avoid opening your lips when you smile? Do you cover your mouth when smiling so people won’t see your teeth? Do you wish your smile was more attractive? If so, cosmetic dentistry might be right for you. This is the term used to describe a variety of elective and necessary treatments that have aesthetics in mind.
Teeth whitening- among the fastest, easiest and most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments available. Our Raleigh dental practice offers in-office whitening treatments, as well as take-home systems. We use Opalescence, which offers four concentrations of whitening agents in three flavors. Some concentrations are used for 30 minutes per day, while others are used overnight. Opalescence products also may include custom made or prefabricated whitening trays. All of these systems are capable of whitening your teeth by several shades.
Internal bleaching- this treatment may be recommended if you have a dead front tooth that has had a root canal and now looks gray. We can bleach it from the inside so it more closely matches the color of neighboring teeth. This treatment may need to be repeated every few years.
Porcelain veneers- crowded, crooked, chipped, discolored (including Tetracycline-stained), worn or broken teeth can be improved with porcelain veneers. We prepare your teeth by removing a small portion of the tooth surface to avoid giving your teeth a bulky appearance and make room for the slim-fitting veneers. Veneers can be matched to your natural tooth color. The porcelain closely mirrors your natural teeth to provide an attractive restoration.
Aesthetic bonding– white composite material is applied to your front teeth to change the shape and contour as needed, as well as close gaps between the front teeth. You may opt for this route if you seek a more conservative treatment option than veneers. We can add bonding material without prepping the tooth, and it can be reversible. This treatment will not fix color issues.
Tooth-colored fillings- There is no need to show off a bunch of dark fillings when laughing out loud. Composite fillings can be made to match your tooth color, which makes them unnoticeable to others.